Some Poems/ Poets: Studies in American Underground Poetry Since 1945

Some Poems/ Poets: Studies in American Underground Poetry Since 1945

Berkeley, CA: Oyez Press, 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. "I don't want anyone who's interested in contemporary poetry to be put off by any sense of formality in these studies of a group of poems and poets out of the last twenty years of the American poetic experience...What I've tried to do in these studies is to get down some of my own responses to writing that seems to have an importance in the growth of the new American poetry- with the intention that this kind of opening to an experience of the poem might lead someone to the poem itself." (from "An Introduction" by the author) A now-classic study of post-war American poets & their works, written while these innovative figures were still "underground" & not yet in the canon of the larger culture. Samuel Charters (1929-2015) was a legendary polymath- historian, musician, poet & scholar- as well as the partner in life & work of Ann Charters, the acclaimed, pioneering Beat scholar & biographer of Jack Kerouac. Charters discusses & dissects key poems by Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch & others- among the foremost poets of the Beat Generation, Black Mountain & New York Schools, etc.- with great original insight. An exemplary production of the Oyez Press, Designed by the Cranium Press & initially distributed by the fabled, now-gone Serendipity Books store in Berkeley, as noted on rear dust jacket flap. First Edition as stated on copyright page, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket. With a portfolio of photographs of some of the poets, taken by Ann Charters, who presumably also took the photo reproduced on front dust jacket cover. An essential rarity for the Beat-&-Beyond collector & scholar. Book in very fine condition with only one tiny spot at lower edge of text block; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket in fine condition with only very mild rubbing, scratching & a few spots & tiny, non-penetrating dimple-gauges at front, back covers & spine; minor wear, creasing & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; one tiny hole exposing cloth & one tiny, closed tear both near lower left corner of back cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3184]

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